Capitol work in limbo with 2 Govs asserting

No matter how both Governor Mark Macias and re-elected Governor Roel Degamo tried to project a business as usual attitude, the tension between the two camps is palpable and has caused uncertainties prompting some officials, employees and even the personnel of the Commission on Audit to stay away temporarily from the provincial Capitol.

Degamo’s supporters has barricaded the entrance of the provincial Capitol while Macias decided to not unnecessarily stir any resentment and trouble by holding office at the Sidlakan Negros. COA has also opted to transfer to the Dumaguete City hall until the situation normalizes.

It was reported that Degamo’s camp was able to secure a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from the Court of Appeals late Thursday, but Macias’ camp countered that the content of the purported TRO did not help Degamo’s cause since the CA also included in its order that the TRO could not undo what has been done.

Therefore, the status quo stays. This was interpreted to mean that since Macias assumed office prior to the issuance of the TRO, he could remain as Governor until such time that the issues subject to the TRO shall have been resolved within 60-days.

Apparently, Degamo’s camp sought a TRO against the Ombudsman for modifying its earlier decision to absolve Degamo of his administrative liability upon his reelection under the Aguinaldo doctrine, but, which has since been abandoned by the Supreme Court.

It also assailed the Department of Interior and Local Government for implementing the Ombudsman ruling.

Sensing a long legal battle ahead, Degamo has told his supporters that they are free to leave the barricades but this was met by loud manifestation of loyalty to the end. (By Dems Demecillo)

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